Icons Rediscovered: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Iolanta
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Act II
Tchaikovsky Iolanta (semi-staged)
Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Maria Motolygina Iolanta
Alexey Dolgov Count Vaudémont
Alexander Tsymbalyuk René
Andrei Kymach Robert
Ashley Riches Ibn-Hakia
Adrian Dwyer Alméric
Yuriy Yurchuk Bertrand
Veena Akama-Makia Marta*
Isabela Díaz Brigitta*
Gabrielė Kupšytė Laura*
Denni Sayers Director
Unfortunately, Pavlo Hunka, Vladislav Sulminksy, Bekhzod Davronov are no longer able to perform in our production of Iolanta. We are pleased to announce that Yuriy Yurchuk will now take on the role of Bertrand, Ashley Riches will sing the role of Ibn-Hakia, and Adrian Dwyer will perform the role of Alméric.
In the magnificent setting of the Royal Albert Hall, Vasily Petrenko enchants with two of Tchaikovsky’s most magical scores: Iolanta and Act II of The Nutcracker.
A blind princess, a doting father, and a miracle cure that can only act through the power of true love. No composer knew how to tell stories and tug at the heartstrings better than Tchaikovsky, and his melodious, fairytale one-act opera Iolanta leaves audiences reaching for their handkerchiefs every time. Vasily Petrenko loves it, and for this one-off semi-staged revival at the Royal Albert Hall, he has gathered a truly world-class cast: singers who have known Tchaikovsky’s music all their lives.
First, though, comes the music that the composer originally intended to programme in concert with Iolanta: the magic (and mouthwatering melodies) of Act II of The Nutcracker. This selection contains some of the ballet’s best-known music, including characterful national dances, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the glorious Waltz of the Flowers.
A familiar masterpiece and a neglected one: together at last, just as Tchaikovsky would have wanted.
*Isabela Díaz, Veena Akama-Makia and Gabrielė Kupšytė are Jette Parker Artists at the Royal Opera House.
Kindly supported by RPO President, Aline Foriel-Destezet.
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Concert starts: 7:30pm (approximate end time: 10.10pm)
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